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Open thread: What did you miss during your Junior/Leaving Cert?

We really hate it when sport and state exams clash.

Ireland's Greg Cunningham and John Sullivan study for their Leaving during the U17 European Championships in 2008.
Ireland's Greg Cunningham and John Sullivan study for their Leaving during the U17 European Championships in 2008.
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WITH THE JUNIOR and Leaving Certificate written exams beginning around the country this morning, we’ve gone all nostalgic.

Back in 2002, my class mates and I were piling into a local establishment to catch some of Ireland v Saudi Arabia while holding a fistful of History notes.

We also completely missed Robbie Keane’s late equaliser against the Germans for English Paper II and first learned of the full-time score when we read it on a whiteboard on the way out of the hall.


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Remember my cramming for Maths and English in 2004 being non existent the day before due to watching Wexford beat Kilkenny in hurling with last minute Mick Jacob goal and England beat France in soccer due to two late goals by Zizou. A great day of sport.” – Fintan O’Toole
I was in Technical Drawing class when Ireland played Japan at the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Our teacher, Mr Guilfoyle, wheeled in a TV and we watched the carnage unfold.” – Patrick McCarry
I missed a good bit of the 2006 World Cup due to the Leaving Cert” – Paul Fennessy

So, what sporting events took place during your state exams? Did you sacrifice last-minute cramming to watch them?

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